An appeal to live above the color line.

I’m writing today for a couple of reasons. One is that I took the #My500Words challenge by Jeff Goins. I’m want to hone my discipline to write. Second, if I’m writing today, I’m writing about race. Baltimore was under curfew last night. There were riots after the funeral of Freddie Grey. Both situations are sad.

Freddie Gray’s story is yet another sad story of Black man dying at the hands of the police. Horrible. But the riots are sad too. I’m glad I wasn’t in Baltimore last night. What a mess.

How many more stories like this will we see this year? I’m not sure but things are nasty right now.

I want to ask you to do something. Stop living beneath the color barrier. Rise above the color barrier. Stop looking at people based on color. It’s hard. It won’t be easy. You will lose friends and make family mad when you do, but do it. Live above color. Stop making excuses for racial attitudes and racism. Stop making excuses for the Police. Stop judging. Stop thinking all Blacks do things we think they do and stop thinking all Whites do what you think they do.

Stop living in slavery. There comes a time when we have to be free. In our culture, the issue we face that is the scourge of American culture, is the issue of race.

Not every situation will get fixed. Sin is in every person alive. As much as we want everyone to get on board, it won’t happen. Even if we legislated issues of race to the point that racism or racial attitudes were against the law, those sins would still appear. It’s sad. But it’s true. How long will we wait for people to act right? I don’t know about other people. But what I can do is control myself. I do not have to get up in the morning and make excuses for racial animosity, the Police, or for the rioters. At some point all the excuse making is embarrassing. But what do we do? We post videos where rioting did not have the Army called in as a way to justify behavior or explain what we already know, and nothing changes. Or we post a quote like this:

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” MLK

I get the truth of that quote. I understand it. But remember this, it was only one of his quotes. But remember this one too.

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only the external physical violence but also internal of the spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” MLK

I’m asking you to live above color.

One good thing about my home is we are bi-racial. We are blended white and black.

It confounds the Black and Whites. They don’t know what to do with the Stoddards. We are not in the normal design of man and culture, but we are designed by God.

We live above culture.

Not every Black is anti white. And not all whites are racist against blacks.

If we are content with riots because of injustice and retreat because of riots, then let’s do nothing. If you want to live like a free man or free woman, then ignore the way our culture deals with race. I’m not saying we should not fight the fight for justice. I am not saying we should retreat into our own lives with no concern for race issues. What I am saying is there comes a time when you say to God and yourself, “I’m living above color. I don’t have to be like everyone else.”

We cannot beat 21st century problems with 1950s methods. We are free men and women. It’s embarrassing for us to keep living like we are segregated.

If white, get a black friend. If black, you need a white friend. Model what you want in the world. Live above color. It’s time for those of us who are plain tired of the racial separation in this nation to rise up. Live above color, not matter what anyone says.